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Snapshots of Tea

Some of my favorite stills to snap photos of in our expat life involve tea. Cups of tea. Teapots. Sometimes flowers. And lots of times, books. We have adopted tea time in Scotland, and it does make the cold climate more bearable to keep a hot drink in your hand as often as possible. Here’s …

A Walk to the Store

A Walk to the Store (47/48)

One of the starkest changes that moving to Scotland has brought to my life involves the way I do grocery shopping. I used to make a couple of trips to the store per week in addition to one large shopping trip to my neighborhood Sam’s club. With my current kitchen and appliance sizes, buying in …

Mary Polly's Walk to School, Scotland

Mary Polly’s Walk to School (46/48)

The path between our house and school is the one we have probably frequented the most since moving to Scotland. I’m super excited because my daughter, Mary Polly has agreed to tell you about her long walk to and from school. Enjoy! Walking to School by Mary Polly Chino Two years ago if you told …

Matisor, A Story about Spring, Romania, Tradition

A (Short) Story about Spring

A (Short) Story about Spring When she came through the door, she handed me a small wooden charm. It was a colorful shamrock shape, tied with red and white striped string. “We wear these in my country when we are waiting for spring to come.” “What a lovely tradition!” I said, as I took it …

In The Pipeline

In The Pipeline: First Six Months In Scotland

Y’all, we have been in Scotland for six months now! How did that happen so fast? To celebrate, I thought I would list my five favorite days out in beautiful Scotland! We’ve had some good ones for sure! Dunnottar Castle Highland Getaway North Sea Walk Castle Fraser Bennachie More Links!

A Story about Trash, Walking in the Dark, rubbish

A Story about Trash

A Story about Trash In my unwavering attempts to look on the bright side, I may have neglected to present my new hometown of Aberdeen in the most accurate of lights. However, I think it is a case of selective omission rather than blatant lying to show you pictures of sand, sea and granite instead …

Bucksburn, Scotland, #48walks, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Walking Alone in Aberdeen 3/48

Here’s my last January walk! After six straight days of rain in Aberdeen, I decided to get out by myself in the area last Thursday. I have been trying to go for longer walks when I’m alone because I’m hoping to go on a really long walk in the not too distant future. Plus I …

Making Whole Wheat Bread, Steps

Easy Whole Wheat Homemade Bread

I am happy to say that I think I might finally be making friends with Tiny Oven. I will never love him the same way as I did Dream Oven back in Arkansas, but we are working out our differences. I’m hoping you won’t think me completely crazy when I tell you that I often …

Tina and family of Girl Meets Globe, Expat Story

Expat Story: Prague + Russia + England

I am super excited about beginning a new series at the Chino House today called Expat Stories! I have met loads of expats in the last several weeks, both in person and online. I love hearing the stories of other folks who have moved away from their home country to adopt a new one for …

Jolly Judge, Hidden Letter in Edinburgh, AlisonChino.com

Hidden Letter In Edinburgh

Let me tell you about a little treasure hunt we went on to find a hidden letter in Edinburgh.  Almost as soon as we arrived in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, Cole and Mary Polly were insistent that we find a place called the Jolly Judge. While Taido seemed to understand their need to find …

The North Sea Walk, Windy Seas, Wheat Fields, Scotland

North Sea Walk

North Sea Walk Sometimes, on Sunday afternoon, when everyone is feeling lazy or there is homework to be done, or you have already made a long walk to and from church, no one much wants to go for a walk by the sea. In such cases as these, it is best to go along anyway. …

Back To School In Aberdeen, Scotland, Week 2

Aberdeen, Scotland, Week 3

Our third week in Aberdeen has been made brighter by the fact that my mama is here!  I’m so grateful that we planned for her to come so soon, so that she could help us all settle in.  She encourages the kids daily and her smile makes us all feel like we are doing great …

Back To School In Aberdeen, Scotland, Week 2

In The Pipeline + Back To School

The kids started at their new schools in Scotland this week.  Super exciting! They get to wear these darling uniforms that they pretty much despise.  Until now, my boys could probably count the number of times they’ve worn a dress shirt and tie on one hand. This is the best I could do on a …

Aberdeen At First Glance, Scotland,Travel With Children, Moving Abroad, The North Sea, Beach

Aberdeen, Scotland At First Glance

Our first two days in Aberdeen, Scotland have been marked mostly by our search for a home.  However, we have been taking it all in as we have wandered about and so here are our first glimpses of our new home town. Aberdeen, Scotland At First Glance At the moment, we are staying with a …

Chinos To Scotland, Travel Photos, Family and Vintage Suitcases

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready or not, it’s time to go. We’re putting on our game faces and heading out into the big wide world. Taido is already in Scotland, continuing the house hunt. We’re not sure what his plan is for the 20 suitcases we have in tow, but we’ll be glad to see him no matter what! …